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In the heart of Southern California lies Wrightwood, a place that may be familiar to snow bunnies in the area. That’s because Wrightwood is home to Mountain High, one of the most accessible skiing and snowboarding resorts to the greater Los Angeles area. Not only that, Wrightwood offers hiking trails, local watering holes after your trip down the mountain, and the natural beauty of the Angeles National Forest. Grab your hiking boots, snowboard, and some friends for a weekend adventure in Wrightwood.
Things to do in Wrightwood
The most obvious attraction to visit when you’re in Wrightwood is Mountain High. Located just 90 miles from downtown Los Angeles, this place draws some of the most talented skiers and snowboarders to its trails. Don’t worry, there are plenty of beginner runs, too. If you’re a beginner, check out the West Resort area. Here, you’ll find wide-open space for you to practice your skills. Intermediate and expert riders will also find some terrain parks in the West Resort area. The Children’s Sports Center is also located here, as are the resort’s Bullwheel Bar and Grill and the entertainment area of the park. The resort even offers snow tubing for those who aren’t interested in strapping themselves to skis or snowboards but still want to enjoy the outdoors. The East Resort area is where you’ll find the greatest vertical in SoCal and the longest speed bump run in the region. In addition, there’s 20 acres of beginner terrain in the East Resort. In Mountain High North, there are 70 more acres of beginner terrain and the tubing park which features 10 lanes for maximum tubing fun. Hikers will love the access to trails in Wrightwood. For a moderate, four-mile hike, check out Blue Ridge Trail. You’ll gain 1,000 feet in elevation and the forested hike includes wildflowers in the spring and some foliage in the fall. An easier, one-mile hike is the Lightning Ridge Nature Trail, a loop trail that serves as a good warm up or easy stroll. Finally, the truly unique Mt. Baden-Powell Trail offers hikers incredible views of the ocean, mountains and desert. You’ll gain 2,000 feet in elevation as you hike this eight-mile trail, and wildflowers and forests will surround you on your way. Stop in at the Grassy Hollow Visitors Center (only open on weekends) and learn about the flora and fauna in the area. It’s located adjacent to the Pacific Crest Trail and provides some informative exhibits about the nature in the Angeles National Forest. You can also join in on one of the nature center-led hikes and snowshoeing trips.
Day Trips from Wrightwood
Choosing a day trip from Wrightwood can be a difficult decision since you’ll be within a 2-hour drive to some of the most iconic sights in Los Angeles. Check out the famous Santa Monica Pier where you can ride a Ferris Wheel, soak in some sun, or play in the arcade. Hit the boardwalk and walk or bike from Santa Monica to Venice Beach. The Venice Beach Boardwalk, one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country, provides hours of fun. You can shop, grab a bite to eat, have a beer overlooking the water, or even watch skateboarders shred through the skate park that’s located on the shoreline. There’s so much to see here, you might want to set aside some extra time for the boardwalk. When you’re done on the west side, head to Hollywood and see the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 2,600 celebrity-studded stars embedded in the sidewalk will guide you as you walk through one of the most famous entertainment cities in the world. If you have any time left, head to Griffith Park Observatory where you’ll get an incredible birds-eye view of Los Angeles.
Looking for a place to spend a weekend with friends? Check out the rentals on Tripping.com and find what you need. Stay in a rustic cabin with all the modern amenities you need that sleeps six and is within easy driving distance to Mountain High. Or, choose a cabin that sleep 4 and enjoy the deck with great mountain views and a fireplace for a cozy night inside.
Transportation in Wrightwood
If you’re coming from out of state, you’ll have many option to choose from when deciding on a flight. Fly into Los Angeles International Airport, San Bernardino International Airport, or John Wayne International Airport in Santa Ana. All are within a 2-hour drive or less to Wrightwood. Rent a car to make the drive to your accommodations and get use out of it when you travel to the ski resort, hiking trails, and your day trip.